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Russian lawyer Mark Feygin has said the defense appealed the verdict against Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Russia.

"An appeal against the verdict of the Moscow city court against Roman Sushchenko has been filed," Feygin told UNIAN.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, Moscow's city court on June 4 sentenced Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, a correspondent of the Ukrainian Ukrinform news agency, to a 12-year term in a high-security colony. The prosecutors insisted on a 14-year term for Sushchenko.

He was charged with "espionage," as the Russian authorities insist he is an "operative" of Ukraine's intelligence service.

The FSB detained Sushchenko at a Moscow airport upon his arrival on September 30, 2016.

The court started considering the Sushchenko case on March 27, 2018.